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With Eric Berry (Co-Founder/CEO, TripleLift), Kelley Mak (Work-Bench).
Wed, Apr 24, 2024 @ 05:30 PM   FREE   First Citizens Bank, 11 W 42nd St, 13th Fl

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Tired of the spray & pray approach to startup fundraising?

Join FoundersNet NYC chapter on April 24 for an evening designed to pull back the curtain & provide a rare glimpse into the minds of angel investors & VCs. Hear directly from a panel of investors as they share the pressures & motivations that drive their investment decisions. This event, hosted by Founders Network's fnNYC Chapter, will give startup founders actionable intelligence on finding the right capital at the right time.

What You'll Learn:

Investor Perspectives: Gain insider knowledge on how angels & VCs evaluate potential investments. Understand the key differences in their timelines, risk tolerance, & return expectations.

Actionable Insights: Discover practical takeaways to refine your fundraising strategy. Learn how to target the right investors for your venture & craft a more compelling pitch.

Q&A: Get answers to your individual questions. Gain valuable insights that will empower you to build stronger relationships with potential investors.

Following the panel discussion, founders will have the opportunity to mingle with investors during cocktail hour.

About the Speakers:
Kelley Mak

Kelley Mak is a General Partner at Work-Bench, where he focuses on investments in areas including security, cloud & developer tools.Prior to Work-Bench, Kelley covered the security market as an industry analyst at Forrester Research. Kelley also leads corporate engagement at Work-Bench, where he is the key point for the firm's relationship with forward-thinking technology executives across the Fortune 1000 & web-scale organizations. He works closely with these leaders on enterprise technology trends transforming data & analytics, infrastructure, security, & the future of work. Kelley is a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Physics & Philosophy.

Eric Berry

For approximately 11 years, Eric Berry served as the CEO & co-founder of TripleLift. Throughout this time, TripleLift consistently achieved profitability with a remarkable growth rate, boasting a rule of 70+ metric. The company's success was further underscored by its recognition on the 5000 list as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for an impressive six consecutive years, spanning from 2017 to 2022.

After close to a decade of leadership, during which he operated with less than $17 million in invested capital, Eric Berry successfully sold TripleLift to Vista Equity Partners for just under $1.5 billion. This deal marked one of the most significant cash returns in the history of the New York tech scene.

In addition to this achievement, Eric Berry orchestrated the acquisition of the Swiss company 1plusX for $150 million, playing a pivotal role in the negotiation process & facilitating the seamless integration of the company on a global scale.

His entrepreneurial prowess has been recognized on various fronts, including an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2019, alongside multiple prestigious 40 under 40 awards.

Eric Berry's educational background includes undergraduate & graduate degrees in computer science from MIT, as well as a J.D. from NYU School of Law. Prior to his tenure at TripleLift, he gained valuable experience as an M&A attorney at a prominent PE-focused law firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

fnNYC Chapter Leadership Team
Chapter Director: Doug Lessing
Membership/Growth Chair: Dave Renz
Membership/Growth Chair: Ford Seeman

Complimentary Ticket:
Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! We're making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners & investors. Already used your complimentary guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs & high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions & long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts & promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London & other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more about us here

Confidentiality Policy

All information shared within Founders Network is strictly confidential. We are built on a foundation of trust, & the community takes confidentiality seriously. Investors, members, & staff all share experiences & opinions off the record. In this roundtable forum, we continue to model our fnValues of Reciprocity, Humility, Authenticity & Inclusivity
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